English 2: English language, literature and culture (5-10) MGL2035
This course covers topics such as English academic writing and English literature with relevant cultural topics from English-speaking countries. The aim of the course is two-fold: firstly, it aims to introduce students to a variety of English literary texts and the literary, cultural and historical frameworks they emerge from; secondly, it aims to provide students with principles and practical activities for working creatively with literature in the English classroom.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
Semester tution start
Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education and Sports Science
At the end of the course the students will have knowledge of:
Academic writing in English
Characteristics of children's and young adult literature
Literary, historical and cultural frameworks that English literary texts emerge from
How literary texts and other cultural artefacts can be used to promote language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence
Creative approaches, both traditional and digital, to teaching language, literature and culture of English-speaking countries in a manner that encourages in-depth learning and critical reflection
At the end of the course students should be able to:
Express themselves in writing in an academic manner
Identify the characteristics of various types of literature
Analyse and understand English literary texts and account for the literary, historical and cultural frameworks they emerge from
Express themselves on language, literature and culture in a correct, varied and precise manner both in speech and in writing
Select and adapt literary texts for the English-language classroom and teach them in a varied, creative and inspiring manner that promotes language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence
At the end of the course students can:
Express themselves in a correct, varied and precise English, both oral and written, about matters concerning English literature, society and culture
Apply their knowledge to teaching English as a foreign language in a varied, creative and inspiring manner that promotes language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence through in-depth learning and critical reflection.
The course will introduce students to a variety of English literary texts and cultural artefacts and the literary, historical and cultural frameworks they emerge from. Topics covered include indigenous peoples and migrant literature, graphic novels and multimodal texts, traditional stories and fractured fairy tales, and poetry in the English classroom. Emphasis will be placed on the development of students' cultural insight and intercultural competence and how these can be addressed in the English language classroom through the use of literature and other cultural artefacts. Students will gain knowledge of creative approaches, including process drama and digital media, to using literature and other cultural artefacts in the English classroom to promote language learning, cultural insight and intercultural competence through in-depth learning and reflection. Throughout the semester, students will work on a written term paper of their choosing from a selection of novels and topics provided at the semester start.
Required prerequisite knowledge
One of the following alternatives: GLU2032 English 1; English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 5.-10., GLU2033 English 1; English teaching Methodology for Young Learners ( 5.-10) MGL2032 English 1: English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 5.-10., MGL2033 English 1; English Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (5.-10.)
The student should have taken English 1 or a similar course from another tertiary establishment in order to be accepted onto the English 2 courses.
Students should have reached the CEFR B2 level in English in writing and the CEFR C1 level in listening, speaking and reading, or equivalent.
Written term paper and oral exam
Form of assessment
Written term paper
A - F
A - F
Power-point, overhead slides etc.
Written term paper: 3500 to 4000 words, scale A-F, 60 % of final grade.Oral exam: 15 min oral presentation and up to 15 min question & answer session. 40 % of final grade.All parts must be passed to get a final grade.
Two written assignments, Attendance
1. Two obligatory written assignments (1000-1500 words) need to be approved in order to take the final exam.
2. 70% attendance will be required for qualification. Students may be asked to cover any topics missed by completing additional coursework requirements.
Students who have one or more assignments not approved at first submission will be given one more submission opportunity in a new and improved version.
Cecilie Waallann Brown
Silje Henriette Amalia Normand
Kitty Marie Garborg
Method of work
This course will utilise a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. The aim of this course is to give all students a basic grounding in English language (academic writing) and literature with relevant cultural topics from English-speaking countries. Much of this content is not age specific and for that reason many topics will be presented to both groups at the same lecture/seminar/workshop. However, age specific literature will be presented, contextualised and discussed at a deeper level in separate GLU 1-7 and GLU 5-10 groups.
Suggested division of work:
Lectures/seminars & preparation for lectures/seminars: 105hrs + 210hrs = 315hrs
Written assignments: 65hrs
Oral presentation: 30 minutes + preparation time from self-study hours
Student evaluation of all courses plays a central role in the quality assurance system at UiS. At IGIS this takes place in two ways: through student evaluation at the beginning and at the end of the course. The Faculty of Arts and Education has responsibility for this and has designed evaluation tools for the purpose.